Liverpool could be set to make a big-money swoop for Swansea striker Wilfried Bony with reports emerging that Roma wanted the 25-goal marksman but can't compete.
Bony was superb in his first Premier League season with the Swans, impressing not just with his goals but also his movement and ability to hold the ball up.
The 25-year-old is headed for the World Cup with Ivory Coast but before that he may make a decision over his club future.
While Roma are determined to add a world-class goal scorer in the summer, the Serie A runners-up don't have those funds available.
It had been suggested that Bony's compatriot Gervinho may try and persuade him to join Roma, but now Gervinho appears to be in a dispute over wages and is unlikely to advocate the Giallorossi.
It seems that Liverpool are favourites to sign Bony with a fee of £18m being quoted by some news sources.
Arsenal had appeared to be leading the race to sign him, but nothing has materialised and Liverpool could secure their man within the next fortnight.
Swansea have denied that Bony is for sale, but they may have little choice but to sell if the offer is big enough and the player decides he wants to join a bigger club.